Watercolor Society of Alabama

Promoting and Supporting Watermedia Since 1939

WSA 76th National Show Prospectus Available


76th Annual National Exhibition

April 7 – May 19, 2017

Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall

200 South Street, East

Talladega, AL 35160



JUROR OF SELECTION The 76th exhibition Selection Juror is KEIKO TANABE. Keiko Tanabe is an award winning artist and signature member of the National Watercolor Society. Often working en plein air, her atmospheric watercolors perfectly capture a sense of time and place. Through her use of color, textures, and signature brushwork, Keiko’s landscapes and cityscapes beautifully convey both the exotic and the simple scenes of the many places she travels.  Keiko works to capture light and atmosphere in her paintings, through simplification. She believes that the process of simplification begins with visualization. In representational art, the ability to see the end result of a painting, through the mind’s eye, is instrumental in realizing our own artistic vision. Through various exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko shows how one can take the initial inspiration, through the simplification process, to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content.  http://www.ktanabefineart.com

AWARDS JUDGE  The 76th Exhibition Awards Judge is MING FRANZ.  She was born in the southern Taiwan and grew up on a sugar plantation where her father worked as a steam engine engineer.  When she was eight, she started painting with her neighbor, Mr. Tsai, an art teacher.  She later studied with masters of traditional Chinese painting. She continued her art studies at community colleges where she resided in the US. In the 90’s she studied traditional “Splash Ink” with Master Paul Pei Ren Hau.

WORKSHOP Ming Franz specializes in splash color painting, which combines primary watercolors with Chinese ink and brush. In recent years she has experimented with splashing acrylic on watercolor paper and panel. After years experimenting with Splashing, she began to better understand abstract painting. Ming enjoys creating abstract paintings now and has decided to continue exploring this exciting way of  expressing herself. She was the Grand Prize Winner of International Artist magazine’s challenge Abstract /Experimental Art and the author of “Splash Ink with Watercolor.” (Members – $350; Non-Members $380.) For workshop information contact: Jaceena Shepard: jaeshep@aol.com or 256 810 9240.


Jan 18        Entry Deadline

Jan 26        Juror Selection Begins

Feb 13       Notification of Acceptance Posted on Web/Instructions

Mar 13-17  Shipped  Work Due at Heritage Hall

Mar  18       Hand Carried Work Due

Apr 6,7,8     Workshop By Ming Franz

Apr  6        Demo by Ming Franz

Apr  9        Awards Ceremony/Opening Reception

May  19     Show Ends

May  20     Hand Carried Pick Up

May  22     Paintings Packaged for Shipment

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